CHESHIRE – Gladys E. Benson, 85, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Waterbury Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Iver K. Benson, whom she dearly missed every day since his premature passing.
Mrs. Benson was born on September 17, 1934 in Bridgeport, the daughter of the late Louis and Evelyn (Wilson) Euerle. She grew up in Stratford and Shelton, but was a Cheshire resident for 50 years and was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire. She was a graduate of the Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 and worked tirelessly as a devoted Registered Nurse at Waterbury Hospital for 60 years until she retired at age 80. She was EDNA credentialed and was head nurse of the Emergency Room for years, finishing her career as a surgical nurse in the Operating Room. She was an active member of the Waterbury Hospital Alumni Association and regularly attended their reunions. In her retirement, she enjoyed her quilting group, her water aerobics class, and extending her education by taking UConn OLLI classes. She touched so many lives in her giving and generous way and she will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Benson is survived by her three loving children and their spouses: Laurie and Tim Folsom of Milford, Jill and Mark Ricci of Granby and Scott and Maria Benson of New Bedford, Mass. Her grandchildren were absolutely the light of her life and she was an extremely involved and very devoted grandmother to Christopher and Maggie Folsom, Andrew and Alison Ricci and Eric and Melanie Correia. In addition, she is survived by her sister Patricia Brown, and her brothers Louis Euerle, Richard Euerle and Kenneth Young, and was predeceased by sisters Carol Taylor and Sandra Siraco.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. at The First Congregational Church of Cheshire, 111 Church Dr. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family and there are no calling hours. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire is assisting with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church of Cheshire (www.first cheshire.com), or to the Alpha-1 Foundation (www.alpha1.org), or to The Daisy Foundation (daisyfoundation.org), an organization that celebrates nurses who provide extraordinary compassionate and skillful care, just like Gladys did.
For online condolences, please visit www.fordfh.com.